Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Or Ami: An Emotional Journey
As a family, you will experience one of the most significant, highly spiritual Jewish adventures of your lifetime as your son or daughter becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This is a highly emotional journey and may be filled with some anxiety, but mostly joy. At Or Ami, our rabbis, cantor, B'nai Mitzvah teacher and the entire staff relish our time together with you as we create a joyous and uplifting simcha experience.
People kvell (praise) about their family's experience becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Or Ami.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies present a wonderful opportunity for Jewish families to celebrate the emergence into adolescence of a daughter or son. This Jewish tradition emphasizes learning, prayer, and public competence as demonstrations of maturity.
Of course, preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies takes hard work, sacrifice, and commitment. However, the completion of a successful Bar/Bat Mitzvah process affirms the self-esteem of an emerging adolescent Jew and his or her family. We are here to help you along the path.
With personalized attention, the rabbis, cantor and Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher of Congregation Or Ami are ready to assist all families of the congregation to maximize their Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies as authentic and meaningful religious experiences.
For the Family
Mazel Tov! Congregation Or Ami would like to make your life easier upon this important and joyous event in your child’s life.
Read Ray Joelson's reflections on his son Jay’s Bar Mitzvah experience at Or Ami.
Blessing the Torah (for your Aliyah)Torah Blessings (in Hebrew, English and transliteration)
Listen to the blessings and practice:
Before (slow), Before (normal speed), After (slow), After (normal speed)
Watch how the blessings are done (YouTube video)
Mitzvah Project Planning Tools:
Letter from the Rabbis Mitzvah Project Planning Guide Mitzvah Project ResourcesMitzvah Project Share Form
Questions? Contact Project Coordinator Debby Pattiz
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook:
Everything you need to knowTikkun Olam (Social Justice)